iiiABSTRACTAs the price of oil continues to increase and the concern over global warmingheightens, finding alternative renewable sources of energy becomes more and moreimperative. Considering the abundance of lignocellulosic biomass, the potentialsignificance of its conversion to fuel such as ethanol has long been recognized.Ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass requires the breakdown of the solidmaterial to simple sugars that can be consumed by microorganisms. The breakdownof lignocelluloses includes the important step of hydrolyzing cellulose, which are
-1,4 linked polymers of glucose, by a group of enzymes collectively termed cellulase.The cost of cellulase production profoundly influences the economics of the entireethanol production process.
Rut C-30 is the most commonly usedfungal strain for industrial cellulase production. With an overall goal of decreasing thecellulase production cost, this thesis work was focused on two topics: (1)investigation of the performance of different cellulase-inducing substrates in
Rut C-30 fermentation and (2) development of a more advanced model to describe theculture behaviors of
Rut C-30 grown on lactose-based media. The